Shauna Callaghan, RM

Clinical and Research Midwife, PhD Student

UCD Perinatal Research Centre, National Maternity Hospital. School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Shauna is a Registered Midwife working in the National Maternity Hospital. She graduated top of her class with a First Class Honours Degree from the BSc Midwifery programme in University College Dublin in 2016 and received the National Maternity Hospital Gold Medal. In 2016 she also received the NUI Dr H.H. Stewart Medical Scholarship for Midwifery and the Undergraduate Awards Global Winner Award for Nursing and Midwifery.

Shauna currently works in a dual role as a clinical and research midwife in the National Maternity Hospital where she is involved in the routine and complex care of women during pregnancy. She joined the UCD Perinatal Research Centre team as a Research Midwife in June 2018 where she is involved in projects focusing on maternal and infant health, as well as education for healthcare professionals and students.

She currently undertaking a PhD jointly with the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems following receipt of the Aikenhead-McAuley Scholarship in 2018. She has also been a member of the Joint Research Network Group UCD-NMH since 2015.

Shauna’s current research interests include midwifery-led care and maternity service provision, health and wellbeing promotion in pregnancy, maternal nutrition and health behaviours of women during pregnancy. She is undertaking a mixed-methods study to examine the role of midwives and obstetricians in health and wellbeing promotion for women in pregnancy, specifically related to nutrition, gestational weight gain and physical activity.